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Traditional worship experience with dynamic preaching and blended music including Grace Choir and special ensembles
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Men's fellowship group meet for breakfast at Rusty's Diner (Pineview Drive) and then gather at the church to take on various projects at the church or in the community.
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Meet in fellowship with one another as you learn to crochet or just work on a prayer shawl to share with someone in emotional or physical need.
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Church council meets fourth Monday to discuss and determine the "business side" of the church's operation.
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Maids on Mission
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Sunday School
10:00 AM
Classes for all ages. Preschool, children, teens, young adult and mature adults. There are 7 classes to choose from with small-group settings.
Sunday Morning Worship
11:00 AM
Traditional worship experience with dynamic preaching and blended music including Grace Choir and special ensembles
Prayer Group
4:30 PM
A study group on prayer and building confidence to pray in front of others. Also an intimate group that prays for others.
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The World Really Is Our Parish - May 2006

May 2006

The World Really Is Our Parish

As I write this article I am in the apartment of the Reverend Laura Trent who is the pastor of the English Speaking United Methodist Church of Vienna, Austria.  In worship here yesterday, April 23,  Rusty and I were delighted to see people from all over the globe.  From South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Sweden, to Canada, Mexico and the U.S., there were United Methodists celebrating their faith together in the name of Jesus Christ.  It was a powerful witness to the wonderful diversity of God's people.  This church is supported in part by Advance Special gifts. 

As we anticipate the upcoming session of the Annual Conference, June 4-7, we will be celebrating the global nature of our church.  Our focus on ACTION affirms that we are in relationship with brothers and sisters in distant places. 

For many years, missioners from South Carolina have visited Africa University and become aware of the needs of the surrounding area in Zimbabwe.  Our own Jim Salley gives us a direct connection with this significant ministry of our Church.  Last year, Bishop Eben Nhiwatiwa was our guest preacher during conference and talked about ways for us to partner with the Zimbabwe United Methodists. The water restoration project for the Old Mutare Mission in Zimbabwe is a very real need for the people.  Our gifts will make a positive impact on the lives of many men, women, and children.  It is a privilege for us to be able to make such a profound difference.

We continue to hear reports of mission teams from across South Carolina who have gone to the Gulf Coast to help in the clean up and rebuilding there.  Some of the work teams have gone at great sacrifice.  A team from Hartsville, South Carolina, met a group from Alaska and were greatly saddened to learn that their leader had fallen from a ladder and later died. For some the recovery effort in the Gulf Coast has literally been an experience of laying down your life.  Jesus not  only talked about that, he did that!

All of us agree upon the importance of education for our children in our great state of South Carolina.  We know that in many places adequate resources are not available, and the systemic causes of such shortages concern us as disciples.  For those who contribute a school kit, you will be giving a child the necessary supplies for the coming school year.  Many of us have all that we need, but there is a great number of young people across our state who do not have enough to succeed in school.  We will address these concerns one child at a time.

I know you have at sometime said,  "It's a small world".  Yesterday we had lunch with Deborah Koll-Petty, her husband Heinrich, and their daughters, Alexandra and Patricia.  Deborah graduated from Furman University.  Her father, Paul was a clergy member of the South Carolina Conference for over 40 years.  Her mom, Eloise lives in North Charleston.  Wow, to find a real live South Carolinian in Vienna, Austria of all places is a real treat.

John Wesley surely had it right when he said, "the world is our parish".  Whatever happens in places around the world matters to us in South Carolina.

Grace and Peace,